With fall weather in full swing and Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, we’ve put together a delicious main that will hit all the right notes and offer an impressive presentation. This Maple and Herb-Roasted Cornish Hen recipe is the perfect alternative to a traditional turkey feast.
While we love getting the whole family together for a big Thanksgiving dinner, we know that this isn’t always an option for everyone – some of us have smaller families and might only be cooking for 1-2 people. Some of us just don’t want to deal with all the prep required for a large holiday dinner, while others simply don’t enjoy turkey. These Cornish hens are easy to cook, stunning to serve and can be pulled together in just over an hour.
This dish is all about using seasonal ingredients in a way that elevates their flavour to produce something that is simple yet elegant. The combination of herbs, maple and root veg work beautifully together and help to really showcase these lovely little birds. If you haven’t cooked Cornish hens before, this recipe will serve as a great introduction.
Adding the compound butter underneath the skin keeps the breast meat juicy and ensures that the delicious herb flavours penetrate the entire hen. Basting the birds with the maple-herb butter will help the skin to crisp up for a gorgeous, golden-brown finish.
And maybe the best part; cooking everything in one pan means less mess and almost zero cleanup. The flavours all meld together in the skillet, infusing the vegetables with the cooking juices from the hens. This dish is hearty, packed with taste and everyone gets their own little bird to pick at. These maple and herb-roasted Cornish hens are really easy to pull together and will look great on your table.